“His last win was enormous and he was running away from them in the last 50 metres,” Molino said.
“He was well back but he picked them up quickly and he went a lot better than I expected.
“There’s no doubt he’s a lot better horse now than when he won the Mackay Cup last year as he’s more relaxed and a lot fitter.”
Molino knows the racing game backwards being a former jockey who rode for many years around North Queensland’s Burdekin region after starting off riding in Sydney for the late Ray Guy.
“I know things can happen in races as I rode for 30 years around this area,” he said.
“There’s 13 other horses in the race they are all dangers but Marnu (Potgieter) knows him well.”
Molino mixes training with a full-time job working as an emergency response crew member for Ergon Energy.
Best Hoffa is one of the three horses Molino trains for well-known North Queensland racing identity Tom Hedley.
Hedley also part owns former North Queensland cult figure The Harrovian, who finished an unlucky fifth in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm last month.